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Hyper Scape

100 players enter, but only one will be crowned the winner. Such is the idea behind a genre known as "battle royale." Ubisoft must have heard about how hot this genre was and decided to make their own entry just a couple of years from when the battle royale genre was at its most fevered pitch.

Their new game is called Hyper Scape and it is a 100-player battle royale game set in a sci-fi urban setting. Unlike many other battle royale titles, this one has a much larger emphasis on verticality than simply having a lot of square miles of land to run around on.

Hyper Scape will be free-to-play when it releases. Speaking of release, there will be a limited-time closed technical test on the PC that begins July 2 and runs through July 7. This test includes the three-man squad "Crown Rush" mode and will later include the "Dark Haze" solo mode later during the test. This test also includes a free 10-tier battle pass that will have its progress carry over to the public launch of the game.

To get access to this test, you will have to watch a variety of Twitch streams in hopes that you get a "drop." These drops are tied to your accounts at both Ubisoft and Twitch. You can find out more information on linking your account here. A list of streamers that have drops enabled for the game can be found here.

We have for you not one, not two, but three different videos to share alongside this announcement. The first is the premiere trailer for the game. The second is a gameplay overview trailer. The third video is a developer diary video about the game.

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Today, Ubisoft® announced Hyper Scape™, a free-to-play fast-paced urban battle royale first-person shooter. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Hyper Scape takes place in the distant future of 2054, where up to 100 Contenders descend upon the virtual city of Neo-Arcadia to engage in action-packed and fast-paced matches to be crowned champion. Starting today, Hyper Scape is available in a limited-time PC technical test in many territories across North America and Europe. Interested players can try out the game during the technical test by tuning into one of the content creators currently broadcasting Hyper Scape on Twitch [Link] with Twitch Drops enabled. Access will be limited, but additional drops will be made available throughout the technical test.

Hyper Scape was designed from the ground up as an intense, vertical and fast-paced battle royale experience. Three-player squads and solo players can dive into the futuristic virtual city of Neo- Arcadia to engage in dynamic firefights, quickly transitioning from narrow streets to open rooftops and deadly interiors.

Hyper Scape introduces Hacks, abilities that players can loot in the world the same way they do weapons. Hacks grant offensive and defensive capabilities to suit all playstyles. Laying down a mine, seeking an enemy, protecting the squad with a big wall or turning invisible to sneak up on opponents are just a few examples of the Hacks players can combine and swap effortlessly. All Hacks and weapons can be upgraded through the Fusion mechanic to produce more powerful iterations of the pre-existing item.

Hyper Scape innovates and twists the battle royale formula in many ways, such as the unpredictable Decay which dissolves the map of Neo-Arcadia into different patterns, or the unique Echo mechanic that keeps players active in the battle even when they’re down. At the end of a Hyper Scape match, the climatic showdown phase starts when the Hyper Scape crown spawns on the map. Players have two different ways to claim victory, either by picking up and carrying the crown for 45 seconds or by being the last player or squad standing.

Hyper Scape is fun to play and rewarding to watch. Developed in partnership with Twitch, the Hyper Scape Crowncast Twitch extension will entertain viewers by letting them impact the game in real time, creating unprecedented interaction between streamers and their fans. Viewers will also have a real-time impact on the battle by voting on events that affect all contenders within a match, such as low gravity or infinite ammo.

"We’ve built something really unique and fresh by streamlining the experience to focus on fun and intensity. We’re really excited to let players have a try at it right away and we can’t wait to hear what they think of it," said Graeme Jennings, Senior Producer on Hyper Scape at Ubisoft Montreal. "But this is just the start. Hyper Scape is a universe that is built to grow, and our players will see the beginnings of that even during our technical test.”

"What makes Twitch so unique is the real-time engagement between our streamers and their fans. While traditionally this kind of interaction has been about commenting on gameplay, Hyper Scape transports viewers into the game themselves, to serve as active participants,” said Sharmeen Browarek Chapp, VP of community product at Twitch. “The fact that fans can now directly impact what’s happening in the game creates an entirely new experience. We’re thrilled to partner with Ubisoft on this and cannot wait to show our communities what else we have in store for them!”

Hyper Scape will first be available through a limited-time closed technical test on PC today through July 7. The three-player squad Crown Rush mode is available now, and the limited-time Dark Haze solo mode will be available later during the test. The test will also feature a free 10-tier battle pass, and all progress and items will carry over through future live phases and into the full launch.